By. Eugene Nepangue
Fight New Asia
LAS VEGAS — With 66 fights under his jaded belt entering last Saturday’s assignment at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, there was reasonable suspicion that the great Manny Pacquiao was on the downside of an illustrious career.
But after scoring an impressive unanimous decision win to wrest the WBO welterweight title from dethroned champion Jessie Vargas, it is clear that the Peoples’ Champ is far from done. In fact, Pacquiao told reporters after the fight that his tank is “still full.”
Who could doubt him after a masterful 12 rounds of outclassing the much taller and much younger Vargas?
Some names that have been tossed around as Manny’s next foe include Terrence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko, Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan. But the biggest elephant in the room is Floyd Mayweather, who beat Pacquiao in May 2015 in what was dubbed as “Fight of the Century.”
Although Top Rank top honcho Bob Arum earlier shot down Pacquiao-Mayweather II rumors by saying Mayweather is “retired” sang a different tune recently and opined that a second bout between the Filipino legend and the unbeaten Money Mayweather has a 75 percent chance of happening.
While rumors continue to fly and praises are being sang his way, Pacquiao, who recently won a Senate seat with a six-year term, quietly returned to the Philippines the day after the fight and arrived in Manila last Monday at 4 am.
“I am excited to go back to work,” he said of his Senate duties.